Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Amalgamate cookie dough and cake

Yesterday was my last day of summer. Today was my first day of class. I'm sure you are DYING to hear about my first day of class...all the sweet (as in totally awesome) people I've met and profound knowledge I've gained...but before we can get to the excitement of the first day of class we have to go through the last day of summer in all its glory.

I woke up Tuesday morning and the first words out of my mouth were, "We need to start couch to 5k." Bradley's first words were, "Did you have a dream about it or something?"

I do have a logical train of thought for this one. You see school is starting (or at this point has started) and I've heard that exercise gives you more energy. The couch does not give you more energy. Reading the dictionary does not give you more energy (huh? you say. What type of a nerd are you? The answer, a big one. But we'll get to that). But, running and being active does give you more energy...or so the rumor has it...It better not be a lie!

So we planned to run in the evening. You see, I couldn't during the day because we had last minute errands to run, and I had to make a big batch of end of the summer/meet my neighbor cupcakes. Hey, I didn't say just because I may be getting off the couch doesn't mean I'd stop making cupcakes.

These cupcakes are crazy. As in crazy crazy. Crazy like that person you see talking to himself and he's not on a blue tooth (one reason I won't wear a blue tooth, I don't want people to accidentally think I'm crazy). Crazy like the process of making cotton candy. Crazy like the ginormous Dictionary of Later New Testament that I need a dictionary to read. Amalgamate. Raise your hand if you know that word. Anyone? Anyone? One person. Good for you. Combine. That's what it means. Combine. Are you kidding me?! You could have just said that, but you said "amalgamate." Show off.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
from Baking Junkie


1 box Devil’s Food Cake Mix

Follow the directions on the box. That should go without saying.

4 Tbsp salted butter, at room
6 Tbsp packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup + 2 Tbsp flour
7 oz (1/2 can) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Amalgamate butter and sugar, cream for approximately 2 minutes. Add vanilla, flour and sweetened condensed milk. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about an hour to let the filling firm.

3 sticks salted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup flour
3/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp milk
2 1/2 tsp vanilla

Cream together butter and brown sugar. Add powdered sugar a little at a time until smooth. Add flour and salt. Then add the remaining liquid ingredients.

Once your cupcakes are cooled cut a cone shape hole in the top of the cupcake and place a cookie dough ball in the center. Pipe your frosting over top.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips to decorate.

We took these cupcakes to meet our new neighbor. Who wouldn't want to be our friend when we come bearing cookie dough cupcakes? Maybe if I dropped the word "amalgamate" they wouldn't.

And the first day of running went well. I bought a sport watch for $7 that made me feel hard core. A runner with a watch means business. Get out of my way. I'll run you down. Unless my 60 seconds is up and its time to walk again.

Goodbye summer. Hello school year.


  1. I'm glad you loved these as much as we do! I have already made them twice, and will be making them again next weekend. They are just so addicting!

  2. When are you doing a 5k? I'll do it with you!! :)